If you’re facing criminal charges, you likely understand that being convicted could lead to severe consequences, such as years in prison and high legal fines. Having a skilled Atlanta attorney on your side will make a huge difference in your case. However, hiring a lawyer can be costly. There are a few things you should consider in advance before hiring an attorney.
It’s never recommended to represent yourself in court, especially in a criminal case. It takes a skilled and experienced lawyer to know whether you are guilty of what the district attorney has charged you with (as opposed to a lesser offense), whether there is a defense you haven’t considered, and whether there are any alternatives to the deal offered by the opposition. Likewise, an attorney can advise you on what will happen if you are convicted.
Hiring a Private Attorney
All American citizens have the right to a lawyer. If they can’t afford one, a public defender must be provided for them. However, those who can afford to hire their own private attorney prefer to do so. The reason they decide to do this is they often think a public defender doesn’t care as much about the defendants as a hired attorney might. The reality is, public defenders are not the most incompetent attorneys in court; that title belongs mostly to private counsel who usually (not always) charge incredibly low fees. Incompetent public attorneys don’t last long in their jobs.
Because the state provides you with an attorney, the question is whether or not it is worth it to hire a private lawyer. While public defenders are usually good at their jobs, they have huge caseloads and might not give your case the attention it deserves. It’s also impossible to fire a public defender for incompetence without getting the approval of a judge first, which is rare. When you start looking around for private attorneys, make sure to do your research about how they charge. Some charge flat-fee rates, while others charge by the hour.
If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled Atlanta low-cost criminal misdemeanor defense attorneys are happy to help. Let us look at the details of your case and offer experienced legal advice regarding your best course of action.
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